New York Times: California Accounts for 12% of U.S. Students, but Only 1% of Covid School Closures

New York Times: California Accounts for 12% of U.S. Students, but Only 1% of Covid School Closures. “Of the 2,321 nationwide school closures since August because of Covid-19, about 1 percent have been in California — even though the state accounts for 12 percent of the nation’s K-12 students, according to data from Burbio, a technology company that monitors outbreaks. So some parents may be wondering: If masking, testing and other prevention strategies are working so well, why is the state adding an immunization requirement?”

NPR: Los Angeles will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine for indoor establishments

NPR: Los Angeles will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine for indoor establishments. “Under this mandate, eligible patrons will need to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, coffee shops, stores, gyms, spas or salons. People attending large, outdoor events will also need to show evidence of either vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test to attend the event.”

Lookout Local Santa Cruz: Free broadband service is available to many Californians. Here’s how to apply

Lookout Local Santa Cruz: Free broadband service is available to many Californians. Here’s how to apply. “As of Sunday, 732,201 households in the state had enrolled in the program, according to the FCC. As large as that number may seem, it’s only about 20% of the households that are likely to be eligible. And Sunne Wright McPeak, chief executive of the California Emerging Technology Fund, said the bulk of the Californians who have signed up appear to be people who already had broadband through the internet service providers’ discount programs for low-income residents — not people with no access to the internet. The problem, McPeak said, is that eligible Californians don’t know about the program, “and nobody is telling them.”

Los Angeles County: Centralized Resource Hub for Older Adults in LA County

I don’t normally cover county-specific resources, but the population of Los Angeles county is a bit smaller than the population of North Carolina – just over 10 million. Los Angeles County: Centralized Resource Hub for Older Adults in LA County. “The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), in collaboration with 18 other County departments and agencies, is pleased to announce a new centralized resource hub for older adults, linking residents to 120+ unique senior services available throughout L.A. County.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Quirky S.F. street performers went dark during the pandemic. Now they’re lighting up the city again

San Francisco Chronicle: Quirky S.F. street performers went dark during the pandemic. Now they’re lighting up the city again. “Street performers have been part of the landscape of San Francisco for decades. Robert Shields was a classically trained mime who loved entertaining tourists and locals alike in Union Square in the early 1970s. A. Whitney Brown starred on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but only after getting his start as a street juggler when Pier 39 opened in the late 1970s. Edward Jackson has tap-danced on a wooden platform at the Powell Street cable car turnaround since 1998. I met several of the city’s best street performers recently thanks to impromptu tour guide Don Propstra, who lives in North Beach and is writing a book about the Golden Gate Bridge. He walks the city every day and has gotten to know many of its best street performers. He reached out, thinking they […]

Stanford University: Stanford history project centers on marginalized Bay Area community

Stanford University: Stanford history project centers on marginalized Bay Area community. “Gabrielle Hecht, professor of history in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and PhD student Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin are producing an open-access, online archive of Bayview-Hunters Point’s toxic legacy from nuclear waste emptied into the neighborhood’s former shipyard after WWII. Their work arose through funding from a 2020 seed grant from the Sustainability Initiative that inspired Stanford’s new school focused on climate and sustainability.”

AP: California now has nation’s lowest virus transmission rate

AP: California now has nation’s lowest virus transmission rate. “The nation’s most populous state is the only one experiencing ‘substantial’ coronavirus transmission, the second-highest level on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s color-coded map. So is Puerto Rico. In all other U.S. states, virus transmission is labeled as ‘high,’ defined as 100 or more cases per 100,000 people in the last week. California’s rate is 94 cases per 100,000. By comparison, Texas is 386 and Florida is 296.”

The Tribune: Grover Beach bank manager beaten, called racist slur after asking man to wear a mask

The Tribune: Grover Beach bank manager beaten, called racist slur after asking man to wear a mask. “A Grover Beach bank manager and Army veteran says he was called a racist slur and then attacked and beaten in the parking lot — all because he asked a customer to wear a mask. Police have confirmed they are investigating a report of a hate crime and battery that occurred in the city last week, but they declined to disclose further details.”

ABC 7: Long Beach soon requiring proof of vaccination inside bars, breweries and wineries

ABC 7: Long Beach soon requiring proof of vaccination inside bars, breweries and wineries. “The city of Long Beach is following Los Angeles County in requiring people to show proof of vaccination to go to indoor bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries. You will be required to show proof that you’ve gotten your first dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7 and your second dose by Nov. 4. City officials say they’ll issue a new health order by Friday to give people time to adjust.”

The Guardian: LA officers sue over vaccine mandate as police across California threaten to resign

The Guardian: LA officers sue over vaccine mandate as police across California threaten to resign. “Los Angeles police department (LAPD) employees have sued over requirements they get vaccinated for Covid-19, alleging that the department has created a ‘hostile work environment’ for the unvaccinated and that the mandate violates employees’ privacy and civil rights.”

USC Libraries: New Digital Resources for L.A. Community Histories

USC Libraries: New Digital Resources for L.A. Community Histories. “The new digital collections include 15,755 pages of paper records such as broadsides, posters, correspondence, postcards, and ephemera; 1,000 historic photographs; 2,000 video recordings totaling 3,155 hours; and photographs of 95 cultural objects. The archival resources document the lived experiences and perspectives of African American, Asian American, Jewish, and Mexican American communities in Southern California from the late 1800s to the present and are freely accessible online via the USC Digital Library, Calisphere, Digital Public Library of America, and websites maintained by the participating community archives.”